OSC taking action to reduce regulatory burden for Ontario market participants

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Jan 14, 2019

On January 14, 2019, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) published OSC Staff Notice 11-784: Burden Reduction, which outlines plans to broadly consult Ontario market participants on ways to further reduce regulatory burden and improve the investor experience.

Key areas of focus for the OSC’s consultation include but are not limited to: Operational changes, rules that may have become outdated or unnecessary, and opportunities to streamline and improve disclosure provided to investors, who ultimately bear the cost of unnecessary or outdated regulations.

The consultation follows the OSC’s November 2018 establishment of a Burden Reduction Task Force, which has a mandate to consider and act on suggestions to eliminate unnecessary rules and processes while protecting investors and the integrity of Ontario’s capital markets. This initiative also builds on the OSC’s efforts, since 2016, to reduce regulatory burden across the country through its ongoing work with the Canadian Securities Administrators on projects to reduce burden in public markets and in the investment fund space.

The OSC encourages interested stakeholders to submit written comments on new initiatives that it should consider to reduce regulatory burden by March 1, 2019.

Review the press release and Staff Notice on the OSC's website.

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